My creative practice encompasses performance, installation, text, autobiography, photography and film. Intersecting a poetic visual approach with often out-dated and defunct technologies, I am driven to understand and interrogate the positioning of human/non-human relations, with particular interest in our sensual and somatic interconnectedness with the natural world. Persistent influences include eco-phenomenology, science fiction literature and cinema, new materialism, shamanism, psychology, poetry, hydrofeminism and innovations within contemporary spirituality.
Growing up a hippie, amidst the low hum of 1980’s mainstream Kent, I was introduced to nature as a space of interrelationship, vitality and guidance. It knew more than I did, and if I was willing to listen, I would be taught. Within this early gaze were compelling notions of mutuality, sensitivity and equality, alongside possibilities for open dialogue between human and non-human existence. Highly aware of the influence of context upon perspective, I have since flung myself into embeddedness with unique communities and environments, experiencing island and edgeland geographies as especially important sites of creative and ecological insight. Alongside Fine Art, my early training is in Psychology and I have lived and worked internationally, creatively and therapeutically amongst a variety of marginalised cultures and populations, consistently seeking a breadth of empathy and inclusivity which I hope underpins my work.
In my making processes I repeatedly locate my body as a potential site of ‘other’ knowing and knowledge, placing myself in direct physical relationship with the natural, material and technological, pushing for new understanding via bodily experience, dialogue and encounter. Previous works include filming my attempts to stay connected to the cycles of the moon between bus stops in London; initiating spontaneous one-to-one connections concerning our complex relationship with fire through a crudely constructed indoor campfire; and submerging photographs in the sea to creatively collaborate with the unconscious mind of the world’s oceans.
Often using a materials ‘thingness’ as a stand-in, surrogate and extension of the body, I physically perform my desire for merging and symbiosis, hoping to transcend the gaps between my body and the ‘other’ body (human/animal/element/technology/object /landscape) that I meet. This persistent quest to connect with the natural world, body, technology and materials embraces absurdity, longing, humour, autobiography, vulnerability and failure, revealing my repetitive attempts to climb inside both personal and social mythologies.
My most recent work Odes (PART OF A LARGER QUEST), is a book of poems and a cycle of performance-installations which desire to honour our somatic interconnectedness with the classical elements and wider ecologies. Considering our increasingly mediated relationship with the natural world and ongoing abuse of the earth, the series looks to each element, the body and psyche for clarity in overcoming and navigating the symptoms of contemporary metabolic rift.
I have performed for Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, North Carolina, and Creative Time, New York, and completed art residencies in Cornwall, UK; Australia and USA. Exhibitions include East Wing Biennial, The Courtauld Institute of Art; New Approaches to Photography, Four Corners Film; Photofusion, London; Fast Forward Women in Photography, UK; Fotofilmic, Canada and Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Photography from University of the Arts, I am currently studying MFA in Fine Art (Media) at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, UK.